After I take the picture do i have to hold the button down or anything or a certain amount of time for the film to come out. I just got this camera and there wasen't any instructions for it. It came with 2 sets of 600 film, and when i turned it on, the light went green, does that mean there is film already inside?
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This is usually because it is hard to keep the camera absolutely still when taking the picture. It also happens when the subject is moving.
You could test that these are the problems by taking a picture of a still subject with the camera sitting steadily on a table. If the image is not blurred it means the camera itself is not faulty, and that it is not causing the problem.
The tendency to blurring depends upon how bright the light is. The sensor of digital cameras, or film on 35mm cameras, requires a certain amount of light to be able to record a good image, and the time needed to gather this amount of light is called the 'exposure' (e.g. 1/100 or 1/8 sec.).
If the light is poor the exposure will be longer and the image will be more likely to be blurred if the camera is not still, or if the subject moves.
The ISO setting (ASA for the film of 35mm cameras) determines the sensitivity of the sensor the higher settings, say ISO 800, being more sensitive. The disadvantage is that for each camera the image becomes too blotchy to be any use at a certain high ISO.
At higher ISO the sensor requires a lower exposure, and the Fnumber, which is the degree of light the lens lets in, has a similar influence: e.g. a lower Fnumber, say F2, allows a shorter exposure than F5.6.
With experience and practice, cameras which have a 'stabiliser' (O.I.S) can produce good pictures with exposure down to 1/4 sec but the limit is more likely to be 1/15 sec to 1/8 sec at best.
Untill you know how to use the manual settings it is best to use automatic settings and an ISO of 200 to 400 at most.
After taking the first shot, hold down the Multi-Exposure button while cocking the film-advance lever. This cocks the shutter without winding the film. You can continue to do this for as many exposures as you want. Just don't hold down the M-E button while cocking after the last exposure.
The Multi-Exposure button is the button on the front of the camera just below the shutter release button.
I used minoltas for a number of years while going through college, though unfortunately this problem is fairly common- was a few years back but first time it happened to me i took the camera in for repair and if i recall theres a part that just breaks inside (number of years, cant remember the part).
It would have cost me round £60 to repair- bout 6 times the cost of the camera from ebay- I eventually just started buyin a new one from ebay every time the problem cropped up again.
I realise it may not be what you want to hear if your particularly fond of your camera, but the cost of replacing a part may very well be more than the camera is worth. At the moment I have a minolta XG-M sittin on my shelf, hoping to track down some service manuals and see about taking it apart- I'll let you know if i find anything out, even with my fancy digital camera i still miss using the old 35mm.
Press the button with the "m" on it to enter your menu ---press the over button to go to the wrench (setup)
---press ok and then up
---click on storage media and then to sd
(my camera will always switch it back over to auto, but that sould still work)
Your camera should now put it's memory on the sd card.
I really think this is the classic zx - 50 shutter motor problem : small motor on the side of the mirror box is not cocking the shutter . This is very repairable but unfortunately it requires fair amount stripping down of the camera to get to the fault and so you will have to take it in for repairs.
Did you try pushing the shutter button? It may already be wound. Otherwise, try pushing the rewind button in and holding it while you wind the lever. Now, it MAY be that your at the end of the roll-what does your counter say?